Good hygiene practices for make-up artists
1) Thoroughly disinfect your work area before
and after each client.
2) Only book one client at a time and don’t
work for more than one person at a time – keep all clients
separate from each other.
3) Wear a face covering to protect yourself and your customers
Additional CDC guidance on how to properly wear a face covering
Face coverings (consider making PPE
face coverings available to your customers and discuss):
4) Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 dry days,
BEFORE APPLICATION, DURING APPLICATION AND AFTER APPLICATION – Take your time,
Be sure to show your customers that you are professional, clean and
hygienic, and agree to this
IMPORTANT: If you or your customer has symptoms, be sure to re-arrange – especially if you have a fever or other flu-like symptoms
(please be flexible to cancel now as this is essential to keep you and your customers safe).
Do not work with a client who has a temperature and/or symptoms of illness – never use your
cosmetics on someone who is not feeling well. If you are a
customer or are ill yourself, be sure to allow at least 2 weeks before rebooking.
5) Same for sanitizing your products, workspace, cosmetics – make sure you only use
single use tools and everything is properly cleaned and sanitized.
Additional information from the FDA on the importance of hand sanitizing and the
Food and Drug Administration’s COVID 19 health and safety measures:
Additional guidance from the Centers for Disease Control on disinfecting and decontaminating your space working
Cleanliness is key!
Hygiene and Sanitation Practices (remember, learn and save – this is key to your work as a professional
entertainer to ensure the safety and well-being of your clients):
as As a professional makeup artist, you will be involved in many different jobs. customer. It is essential for you
to practice hygiene techniques with each client. Whether before makeup (prepare
your makeup bag), during makeup (don’t mix certain products, use disposable tools, and
understand skin prep and application), or after makeup (clean brushes and prepare them for the next client),
It is essential that you follow these steps every time you work. There are no shortcuts to maintaining
hygiene and providing proper hygienic care to each customer and the products you use to create your art.
Healthcare and Sanitation will become one of the most important components of your business to build a growing list of
customers and lifetime loyal customers!
Hygiene is the most important element for professional make-up artists.
You are dealing with the skin, mucous membranes and bodies of your clients – you should always keep this in mind and follow these hygiene protocols for you and your clients.
Always have your customer at heart, that’s the most important thing.
Products that must be included in a hygiene kit:
Paper towels + paper towels
Disposable tools (sponges, eyeshadow applicators, lip brushes, mascara sticks, cotton swabs, cotton swabs) .
Metal plate + spatula (which you always use to spread cream products, you never double).
powder product, remove the superficial layer with a clean paper towel + alcohol spray.
Always switch off your product after use.
Professional Brush Cleaner (for quick cleaning, always
Deep Clean brushes after use).
Alcohol (70%) – saturate and let stand for 30 seconds and wipe.
Garbage bags (to keep your station clean and hygienic). Ziploc
bag for dirty brushes (if there isn’t enough time on site to clean up) – this is a great way to keep your dirty
brushes separate from the rest of the kit.
Additional hygiene measures:
In addition to keeping the product hygienic inside, always keep the outside of the product clean.
Note the expiration date on the product – look on the back of the product and see the
expiration date. Take notes on the product by first opening it so you know when it expires.
Never keep expired products in your professional makeup bag.
Always be vigilant and aware of your customers’ allergies – if your customers have sensitivities or allergies, pay close attention to the ingredients in your
Never use the product directly from the tube (stick, squeeze or tube) – apply the palette and start with
, for mascara and lip balm use disposables (but never double dip). Once done.
for lotion, foundation, etc.
– Always place on a metal pallet, not directly on your hands.
It is better to use tools rather than fingers (this will keep you and your customers hygienic).
If you use your fingers, you should always disinfect your hands.
The biggest news right now is the Coronavirus or Covid-19. With the coronavirus, good
hygiene has been very important, but somehow it was taken for granted and it’s back in the news.
have never been more aware of washing our hands, touching our faces or shaking hands.
It now seems appropriate to review some key points regarding sanitation and personal hygiene for
professional make-up artists and other cosmetologists. Every esthetician should follow these
guidelines at all times, not just during a global pandemic like this. The
makeup artist course incorporates good hygiene and personal hygiene as part of the curriculum. However, not all
remedial courses are officially accredited by teaching certification bodies, so they may or may not cover these
There are also many makeup artists themselves who may not be aware of
important hygiene practices. Unfortunately, if
makeup artists do not follow good
hygiene practices, it can be harmful to your health. There are many examples of unhygienic practices
in the cosmetics industry
, such as using dirty brushes, applying lip gloss/mascara
directly from the wand
, applying lipstick
directly on the lips and even
false eyelash recovery. It is highly unethical and unprofessional to ignore hygiene and transfer bacteria and viruses from one person to another. No one likes having cold sores or conjunctivitis, and potentially being infected with a nasty virus like the coronavirus is definitely not a good thing. Makeup hygiene is the best way to prevent
nasty skin infections.
No amount of cleanser,
toner, and moisturizer will help you keep your skin clear if you don’t practice makeup hygiene. No need to risk
A better qualified and experienced
makeup artist will always have the proper
training and know the importance of maintaining a clean and
Key hygiene practices for makeup artists to follow:
Always wash or sanitize your hands before touching a client’s face. We all have
natural oils in our palms that attract dirt and bacteria that transfer easily to our face and
makeups and tools. Keep sanitizer in your makeup bag for easy access!
2. Try using the disposable applicator to apply lip gloss and mascara.
This ensures that there is no cross-contamination or product mixing, as the
only needs to be soaked once and then discarded. No double dipping!
3. Clean/wash your makeup brushes
once or twice a week. Cleaning makeup brushes is one of the most tedious jobs
has ever done, but it’s also one of the most important hygiene tips.
The brush dipped in liquid and paste products
is an easily reproduced bacteria and must be clean
every few days. 4. Clean the brush between
clients, or always use a clean brush on your next
client. It is absolutely critical! The use of dirty brushes on clients is strictly prohibited at
Use Brush Cleaner/Cleaner to quickly clean your
brush between uses, or keep extra brushes on hand when you know you have multiple
clients to do.
5. Wash the sponge after each use and replace the
regularly. Since the sponges are damp and used for mixing liquid or cream
products, they attract dirt and germs
just like your brushes.
Regularly mix makeup every
times (check the expiration date). All cosmetics and skin care products have expiration dates.
mascara expires in 6 months, eyeliner expires in 12 months, powder (eye shadow,
blush, contour, highlighter, etc.) expires in 2-3 years, foundation expires in 12 months.
Use the mixing paddle and spatula to pour waxes,
cream and liquid products. For this, there are
stainless steel paddles and spatulas on the market. It is used to remove product and mix
colors as it is unsanitary to dip a brush or sponge directly into these
products over and over again.
8. Always sharpen eyeliner and lip liner between uses.
Use a clean pencil sharpener to perform this
. This will remove the part that contains bacteria. Also disinfect the
sharpener weekly with rubbing alcohol.
9. Use a new pair of false eyelashes for each new client and avoid
recycling false eyelashes.
If you recycle, remember to disinfect
Eyelashes can be disinfected
First remove the glue, then take a cotton
and pour a little
make-up remover to clean the residue.
10. Regularly clean the
cosmetic case and disinfect the
palette. This is very important for the
as it ensures the overall hygiene of the
Also, to disinfect the pressed powder container, spray it with
alcohol from a distance and clean the edges with a tissue.
11. Do not leave your cosmetic container
open for long periods of time. This will prevent dust particles
from settling in the product and also prevent your gel product from drying out too quickly
Try to keep your
nails short and keep them clean because long
nails can hold more dirt and bacteria than short
nails, which basically increases the risk of spreading
13. Tired of body odor,
smells good when you are on a business trip, use
deodorant appropriately. This is part of basic hygiene as we live in such a hot climate where
people sweat a lot and we need to make sure we always smell good.
Keep mints with you to prevent bad breath. Do not chew gum while working. Just as your body should smell good
, your breath should also smell good, since you will be working near
clients. During the coronavirus outbreak, if you have an appointment with
and think you may be sick, please cancel your appointment. Spreading the highly contagious disease
is not worth it under any circumstances.
We all need to be considerate and careful during this time